ATB Bound Vol. 32
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ATB Bound Vol. 32
The 32nd bound volume of After the Battle, containing Nos. 125 to 128, begins with an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the final flight of the RAF's legendary legless ace, Wing Commander Douglas Bader. The evidence indicates that his Spitfire was brought down in a case of mistaken identity while leading the Tangmere Wing in an operation over the Pas de Calais in August 1941.
In 2003 Jean Paul Pallud travelled the length and breadth of Norway to research and record in our 'then and now' theme, the campaign in the early months of 1940 when British, French and Norwegian forces fought a losing battle against superior German tactics which resulted in the country being overrun in less than two months. In contrast Jean Paul also describes in this volume the 1944 Battle of the Colmar Pocket which saw American and French troops in action in north-eastern France.
Battle tactics of a different kind were used in the Mediterranean Theatre to supress the Axis-held island of Pantelleria, the German-Italian garrison having been brought to the point of surrender by air and naval bombardment alone. And on the Eastern Front, we explore a battlefield in Estonia and describe the Soviet air attacks on the Finnish capital of Helsinki.
A US paratrooper veteran recounts his return to the 'Market-Garden' battlefield in Holland. That the soldiers still very much remember their war is evidenced by two new recent memorials, both described in this volume: the US D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, and the Australian Ex-POW Memorial in Ballarat, Victoria.
The last days in the FÃ¼hrerbunker in Berlin are graphically portrayed in the new German-made film The Downfall, and we illustrate the locations used for the filming in Russia and Germany.
Finally, 60 years after the end of the Second World War, we visit Flensburg and retrace the events surrounding the short-lived government led by Grossadmiral Dönitz who led the German Reich for 23 days following the death of Adolf Hitler.